Your New Orleans Beer Guide

The Ultimate New Orleans Craft Beer Guide

New Orleans Breweries, Craft Beer Stores, Bars, & Local Events

By The NOLA Brew Bus Team
Last Updated: October 5, 2017, updated often

  1. Intro

  2. New Orleans Breweries

  3. Where to Purchase Craft Beer

  4. The Best Craft Beer Bars

Introduction

New Orleans, once a place with year old IPAs collecting dust, is slowly turning into the next American craft beer city in need of a local guide.

Consider, early 2015 the entire state of Louisiana was home to only 17 breweries. A small number compared to visiting any major American craft beer destination city.


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Some could argue with so many breweries over saturating the market, finding a decent craft brew on vacation or checking out the latest release can become overwhelming. But down in the Big Easy, New Orleans brews a new drinking culture for all locals and visitors to taste.

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As the locals know and any frequent visitor may discover, a whole other world exists beyond Bourbon and Canal Street.

Adventuring into other New Orleans neighborhoods explores diverse atmospheres, energetic vibes, local seasonal favorites and refreshing experiences at some of our newest breweries.

While everyone else has enjoyed drinking fresh IPAs since 2011, New Orleans finally decided to make a move—the 6-month window from December 2016 to May 2017 has brought New Orleans 5 new breweries:

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Now, 6 years after the American craft beer boom, more locals and tourists are diving into the craft beer scene.

As craft beer lovers, we know it can be daunting if you are a local and new to craft beer or you are visiting an unfamiliar city and trying to leave with the best goodies.

Among other questions, you’ve got a lot to consider:

  1. What local breweries are in the city?
  2. Where can I purchase craft beer?
  3. What are the best craft beer bars in the city?

Without further ado, let’s see what’s happening in our craft beer scene:

Meet the New Orleans Breweries!New Orleans Breweries

  1. NOLA Brewing
  2. Urban South Brewery
  3. Second Line Brewing
  4. Brieux Carre Brewing
  5. Courtyard Brewery
  6. Wayward Owl Brewing
  7. Parleaux Beer Lab
  8. Broad Street Cider & Ale
  9. Port Orleans Brewing
  10. Royal Brewing

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  11. Abita Brewery
  12. Parish Brewing
  13. Great Raft Brewing

 

NOLA Brewing

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Hours:
11am to 11pm Daily
Free Tours every Friday from 2-3pm. Every Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm.

Kid Friendly: Allowed with parents
Dog Friendly: Outside only

Pick Any 2 Beers:  Any Sour on the menu (frequently rotates) & the 004 Double IPA

The oldest of the New Orleans breweries, NOLA Brewing has been open since 2008.

If you have ever tasted a Sour beer at Cascade Brewing in Portland, OR or Crooked Stave in Denver, CO, then NOLA’s funk series is a must try, as they brew elite sour beers.

If you are hungry, McClure’s BBQ serves excellent food during all hours of operation. With 24 rotating taps changing weekly, you will be certain to find a beer you will love.

What do you receive on a tour? (2) 12-ounce pours at NOLA, one speciality and one flagship.

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Urban South Brewery

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Hours:
Monday: 4pm – 8pm (Free Tour: 5pm)
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 4pm– 9pm
Thursday: 4pm – 9pm (Free Tour: 5pm)
Friday: 12pm – 9pm (Free Tour: 5pm)
Saturday: 11am– 9pm (Free Tour: 5pm)
Sunday: 11am– 9pm (Free Tour: 5pm)

Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Pick Any 2 Beers: Lime & Cucumber Gose & any “Architect Series” IPA (Modillion is our fav)

One of the newest of the New Orleans breweries to enter the market in March of 2016, Urban South Brewery combines the heritage of European beer making with the brashness of new American styles. That mixture of cultural legacy and bold innovation is why Urban South opened in New Orleans.

For the hop heads, Urban South has been pumping out some really solid IPAs lately: Grapefruit IPA, Citralicious IPA, and the Double Dry Hopped Holy Roller IPA are all delicious. Look for big things out of Urban South for years to come.

What do you receive on a tour? (2) 8-ounce pours at NOLA, any two beers of your choice.

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Second Line Brewing

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Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 4pm – 10pm
Thursday: 4 pm – 10pm
Friday: 4pm – 10pm
Saturday: 12pm – 10p.m. (Free Tour: 3pm)
Sunday: 12pm – 8pm (Free Tour: 4pm)

Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Pick Any 2 Beers:  Russian Imperial Stout and the Route 47 Red IPA

New Orleans’ first brewery in Mid-City, where you will predominately find locals only with really good beer. Second Line is derived from the New Orleans tradition of second line parades.

These parades can trace their origins to jazz funeral customs that began over 100 years ago. The second line parade tradition has grown over the years – now they are held to bring joy to almost any occasion.

Regardless of the event, second line parades remain an unbridled expression of fun and celebration that is uniquely New Orleans.

What do you receive on a tour? (2) 8-ounce pours at NOLA, any two beers of your choice.

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Brieux Carre Brewing

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Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily
Tour every Saturday at 3:30: To-Go Cup Tour

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: Yes
Pick Any 2 Beers: Taps rotate very frequently, Falcon DIPA & Three Threads Baltic Porter

Brieux Carre Brewing Company is made up of a couple of guys with a passion for all things beer. With a laissez faire approach to brewing, they like to embody the New Orleans spirit. They want their brews to be as weird and interesting as the city we live in.

While they will always have a variety of brews on tap to suit every type of craft beer drinker, it’s Brieux Carre’s goal to challenge themselves and bring new recipes to the taproom every week.

What do you receive on a tour? (2) 10-ounce pours, any two beers of your choice.

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Courtyard Brewery

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Hours:
Monday: 4pm – 9:30pm
Tuesday: 4:pm – 9:30pm
Wednesday: 4:pm – 9:30pm
Thursday: 11am – 10:30pm
Friday: 11am – 10:30pm
Saturday: 11am – 10:30pm
Sunday: 11am – 9:30pm

Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Pick Any 2 Beers: Taps rotate very frequently, Preach! IIPA and Baby IPA (session)

Rivaling Avenue Pub as the best tap list in the city, Courtyard Brewery is unique among New Orleans breweries, as they are a brewpub and can serve other beers as well as their own. They have an incredible selection of 35 taps with approximately half taps being brewed by Courtyard—they specialize in IPAs, try one, they are all good. Food Trucks are also there almost nightly. Good people; better beer. Full taplist can be seen here.

What do you receive on a tour? (2) 8-ounce pours, any two beers of your choice.

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Wayward Owl Brewing

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Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 3pm – 9pm
Wednesday: 3pm – 9pm
Thursday: 3pm – 9pm
Friday: 3pm – 9pm
Saturday: 12pm – 9pm
Sunday: 12pm – 9pm

Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: No
Pick Any 2 Beers: The Grind Coffee Brown Ale & The Tawny Twit English Pale Bitter

Wayward Owl Brewing officially opened their doors in December 2016. Justin Boswell, a previous Brewmaster at Black Raven Brewery in Seattle, which earned very high ratings on the well respected Beer Advocate, restored the old historic GEM Theatre in Central City. The new Brewery looks fantastic; the entire team did an amazing job.

What do you receive on a tour? (2) 10-ounce pours, any two beers of your choice.

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Parleaux Beer Lab

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Hours:
Monday: 3pm – 10pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 3pm – 10pm
Friday: 3pm – 10pm
Saturday: 12pm – 10pm
Sunday: 12pm – 8pm

Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Pick Any 2 Beers: Recently opened, need R&D

Parleaux Beer Lab is a taphouse and microbrewery located in the friendly Bywater neighborhood in New Orleans. The Bywater’s first brewery is committed to crafted high quality, small batch locally produced beers in a welcoming space for all walks of NOLA life. The 8,000 square foot Beer Garden is an awesome addition to the Bywater neighborhood.

What do you receive on a tour? (2) 10-ounce pours, any two beers of your choice.

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Broad St. Cider & Ale

Broad St Cider & Ale New Orleans, LA

Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 4pm – 9pm
Wednesday:4pm – 9pm
Thursday:4pm – 9pm
Friday:4pm – 9pm
Saturday: 1pm to 9pm
Sunday:1pm – 6pm

Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes

Broad St. Cider & Ale is New Orleans first Cidery! Owners John & Diana said “From England to France and New Zealand to Australia, we found that cider elsewhere is typically dry, not sweet, and we instantly became fans. We love drinking cider and beer in bars and taprooms and talking about craft beverages with everyone. This is why we created Broad Street Cider & Ale.”

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Port Orleans Brewing

Port Orleans Brewing, Uptown New Orleans

Hours:
Monday: 11am — 11pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11am – 11pm
Thursday: 11am – 11pm
Friday: 11am – 11pm
Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 11pm

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No

“Brewed below sea level” at Port Orleans Brewing Company, they have a commitment to brewing beers that are balanced, flavorful and drinkable.”

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Royal Brewing

Royal Brewing

Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 4pm– 9pm
Friday: 4pm– 9pm
Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 9pm

Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: Outside

 

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Abita Brewing

Abita Brewing in Abita Springs, LA

The largest brewery in Louisiana and top 25 in the nation

Hours:
Monday: 10am – 7pm
Tuesday: 10am – 7pm
Wednesday: 10am – 7pm
Thursday: 10am – 7pm
Friday: 10am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 7pmKid Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: No
Pick Any 2 Beers: Bourbon Street Coffee Stout & Wrought Iron IPA

Abita Brewing, founded in 1986, is nestled in the piney woods 30 miles north of New Orleans. In its first year, the brewery produced 1,500 barrels of beer. By 1994, they outgrew the original site and moved up the road to a larger facility to keep up with demand.

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Parish Brewing

Parish Brewing out of Broussard, LA

Parish is worth of a mention as they are one of the best breweries in the south. Nestled 2.5 hours west of New Orleans in Broussard, LA, you can find Parish almost anywhere in Orleans Parish (better known as counties to the rest of the US). The Parish Envie is widely available and a must try American Pale Ale–truly one of the best in the country. The hard to find Ghost in the Machine is also considered an elite double IPA by craft beer standards.

The Parish Envie is widely available and a must try American Pale Ale–truly one of the best in the country. The hard to find Ghost in the Machine is also considered an elite double IPA by craft beer standards.

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Great Raft Brewing

Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport, LA

Great Raft is a Shreveport, Louisiana-based craft brewery dedicated to making creative, authentic beer and helping to build a great beer culture within communities it serves.

These guys put out some of the best beers in the state. Be on the lookout for their local New Orleans presence.

Their mission strives to develop fresh craft beer that complements the lifestyles and cultures of Louisiana. Their beer is complex, inspired, bold and plentiful, providing customers with a beer experience unlike any other. Southern people enjoy spicy, flavorful food and Great Raft beer not only stands up to the bold culinary flavors, but also complements one’s tasting palate.

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  1. Intro

  2. New Orleans Breweries

  3. Where to Purchase Craft Beer

  4. The Best Craft Beer Bars


Where can I Purchase Craft Beer?

Abita’s Double IPA & Espresso Stout

Now that we have met the breweries, let’s check out our best spots to purchase their beer to take home to your cellar.

Elio’s Wine Warehouse

Located in close proximity to Tulane at 6205 S. Miro St., has the easiest, most practical way to mule beer.

Let’s be honest, there is a heavy price to pay when it comes to beer muling. Even standing in line for the finest beer can get old fast.

Elios utilizes Facebook & Instagram to inform customers when all the newest arrivals hit the shelf. Not even Grandma knows before Elios’ Instagram.

Just received more. No limits.

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NOLA Brew Bus believes in the ease of doing business. With information coming at us at lightning speed from every direction, the satisfaction of never stressing to find the best beer ranks Elios at the top.

There are no beer managers to call, no need to reserve a spot on a list, and best yet, no one knows when it’s available until the entire world knows.

Pro-tip: turn on Notifications to find out the moment the beer you’ve been craving hits the shelves. This is especially helpful for any visitors coming to town to avoid the pain of muling.

Elios acquires all the hard to find release beers. And, as a bonus, your small batch bourbons can also be purchased here.

Don’t sleep on the keg selection as it’s also the best in the city with over 30 local, regional, and national favorites to choose from. Even your frat star can enjoy a kegger of Bud Light with a feeling of confidence.

Elios Kegs

ELios has the best keg selection in the city

Don’t be fooled by the name Wine Warehouse. Elios delivers the best beer in the most efficient method in New Orleans.

504 Craft Beer Reserve

Located at 3939 Tulane Ave. 504 Craft Beer Reserve in Mid-City opened March 2016 and is already doing great things for the city.

With already a top craft beer selection in New Orleans, 504 CBR caters even further to the beer lover with tastings, events, and classes. They also have 6 speciality kegs on tap for Growler refills.

These guys know their beer, and it’s obvious by their marketing, selection, and beers on tap. 504CBR also posts availability of beer on their social media, but they also hold (free) ticketed events for the hardest to find releases.

We highlighted their extensive selection on our Instagram account, check it out:

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  1. Intro

  2. New Orleans Breweries

  3. Where to Purchase Craft Beer

  4. The Best Craft Beer Bars


New Orleans Best Craft Beer Bars


Alright, so you have purchased your #cases to stuff in the suitcase back home or your local refrigerator. Where are the best spots to grab a seat at the bar and drink a fresh clean tapline with your recently purchased local beer?

Considering New Orleans is a city that never sleeps, we felt obligated to put together a list of (24) places you can find craft beer any hour of the day.

Here are some of our favorites:

Junction Bar & Grill in the Bywater

Junction Bar & Grill in the Bywater

Junction NOLA,

3021 St Claude Ave,  in the heart of the Bywater, is the premier spot for craft beer in this neighborhood. A classic gastropub offering more than 40 beers on tap & a straightforward menu of bar bites, Junction also hosts a variety of craft beer events throughout the year in which we post on our Events page.

Cooter Brown’s

Located on the corner of Carrolton and St. Charles, is one of our favorite spots to catch a sports game. Sit back and enjoy a late night pint as the selection here is easily one of the best in the city. They also stay open until 3AM on weekdays and 4AM on weekends.

Black Penny

Located on the newly well-lit Rampart St., is home to one of the best craft beer selections in the city. The atmosphere is classic NOLA with original 1800s Spanish architecture standing stronger than ever.

 

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Black Penny in the French Quarter

No draft or bottles here, so enjoy all your beer on the go as well in canned format. Black Penny is the starting point to all our French Quarter Walking Tours, one of our favorites where we explore New Orleans while drinking some of the finest craft beer our city has to offer.

Freret St. Beer Room

The newest addition to active Freret St., this restaurant/bar pairs the latest in craft beer with an awesome meal to boot.

Wine pairings was the thing a few years ago, and now New Orleans is beginning to join the rest of the country with beer & food pairings. This hot spot which opened in Fall 2016 is a great addition for your craft beer vacationing needs.

Bulldog Uptown or Mid-City

The Mid-City location is part of our Thursday Craft Beer Bar & NOLA History Tour. We enjoy both spots equally. Wednesday night is pint night, which brings out all the good looking people in New Orleans.

Avenue Pub

The famous craft beer bar is an ideal spot, directly off the St. Charles Streetcar.

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The unique part about Avenue Pub is the eclectic crowd that changes dramatically depending on the day and time. Regardless, you will find a beer you love no matter the hour.

If you aren’t in the mood for these spots, check out our full list here:

Craft Beer in New Orleans, 24 hours a day


That’s it for your Ultimate New Orleans Beer Guide! Be sure to bookmark this page and come back to stay in tune with all your craft beer needs. Until next time, stay thirsty my friends!